Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) | Department of Health

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) | Department of Health

  • Governor Cuomo directed schools and nonessential businesses to stay closed for an additional two weeks through April 29th.

  • An Executive Order will direct employers to provide essential workers with masks free of charge to wear when interacting with the public.

  • Governor Cuomo and several northeast state Governors announced the creation of a multi-state council to restore the economy.

  • A bipartisan effort is being made with Maryland Governor Hogan to call for $500 billion in state aid.

  • Governor Cuomo sent a letter to the US Treasury to ensure that New Yorkers’ stimulus checks do not get frozen or seized by creditors. 

  • An additional $200M in emergency food assistance will be available for low-income households enrolled in SNAP.

  • New COVID-19 testing facilities are opening downstate, primarily in minority communities. Find testing site locations and hours or operation.

  • $600 in additional weekly unemployment benefits will be made available to all New Yorkers; and the period covered by unemployment benefits is being extended for another 13 weeks, for total of 39 weeks.

  • New Yorkers who have recovered from COVID-19 are encouraged to donate blood. Here’s information on how to donate.

  • NYS is increasing the maximum fine for violations of the state’s social distancing protocol from $500 to $1,000.

  • New Yorkers without health insurance can apply through NY State of Health through May 15, 2020; must apply within 60 days of losing coverage.

  • New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling.

  • Testing is free for all eligible New Yorkers as ordered by a health care provider.

  • Your local health department is your community contact for COVID-19 concerns.  

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